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Lions Gain Experience at Windermere Regatta

April 16, 2007

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - LMU had a tough time at the Windermere Rowing Classic this weekend, falling to top competition at Redwood Shores in Redwood City, Calif. The women's lightweight eight raced three times against top 10 teams, and the men's varsity 8 took to the water twice.

The women's lightweight 8 lineup for this weekend was coxswain Candice Matheny, Jill Austin, Talya Courtney, Kathryn Maloney, Lizz Baxter, Jen Glassman, Courtney Bannerman, Maggie Sullivan and Larissa Meltz.

The lightweights took on No. 7 Stanford in their first race of the day. The Cardinal pulled ahead in the first 500 meters, but gained momentum in the middle 1000m of the race to pull ahead by 16 seconds at the 1500m mark. The final 500m was closer, as the Lions finished 18 seconds back from Stanford.

The second race of the day was against No. 1 Princeton. The Tigers started fast, taking a five second lead after the first 500m. They added to it in the second 500m, but the third 500m was where the Tigers pulled ahead for good. After 1500m, Princeton had a commanding 17 second lead. The final 500m was closer, but the Tigers finished with a 21 second victory.

The LMU men's varsity 8 took on UC Davis in its first race on Saturday evening. The Aggies were fairly consistently faster than the Lions. They extended their lead by approximately two seconds during each 500m split, finishing the race with a 10 second margin of victory.

The men's varsity 8 lineup for this weekend was coxswain Vanessa Garrett, Tim Santy, Landon Storaasli, Scott Wike, Mark Stellner, Mike Wither, John McAndrew, Kevin Druffel-Rodriguez and David Cronin.

The lightweight women took on No. 5 Central Florida on Sunday for their final race of the weekend. It was the closest of the three races, but the Golden Knights proved to be too fast, pulling out to a 10 second victory.

The men's varsity 8 race against Oregon State's JV8 was the final LMU race of the weekend. The first 500m was close, with the Lions taking a slight lead, but the Beavers pulled ahead in the second 500m and extended their lead in the final 1000m of the race for a 15 second win.

Complete results for the weekend's races can be found here.

The women's team will return to action next Saturday when they compete in the Miller Cup at Ballona Creek. The men will take on USC next Sunday at the Port of Los Angeles. Both races will serve as the final tuneup for the WCC and WIRA Championships on April 27th and 28th.